United States Department of State
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)
Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): 
DRL FY19 Countering Corruption amid COVID-19

This is the announcement of funding alternative quantity SFOP0006927

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number:  19.345

Type of Solicitation: Open Solicitation

Application Deadline:  11:59 PM EST on Friday, June 12, 2020

Funding Floor:  $1,000,000

Funding Ceiling:  $1,000,000

Anticipated Number of Awards:  1

Type of Award: Grant

Period of Performance:  24 – 36 months

Anticipated Time to Award, Pending Availability of Funds:  4 – 5 months

A. Project Description

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) publicizes an open competitors for organizations inquisitive about submitting functions in assist of the purpose of combatting corruption arising in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Countries world wide are grappling with unprecedented challenges as they deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.  While the primary accountability of each authorities is to look after its individuals, an efficient response to a public well being disaster like COVID-19 requires authorities transparency and accountability, the total participation of civil society, and entry to data.  Corruption specifically thrives throughout occasions of disaster and makes governments and the worldwide neighborhood much less capable of reply swiftly and successfully.  Governments and worldwide donors at the moment are offering unprecedented sums of cash to assist COVID-19 response efforts, generally with out obligatory anti-corruption safeguards.  Emergency procurement processes and the suspension of oversight measures in lots of instances are additional heightening corruption dangers.  This is offering new alternatives for corrupt authorities officers and legal organizations to counterpoint themselves on the expense of public well being, in addition to elevating the potential for public officers to turn out to be concerned in bribery and corruption by advantage of their place and affect, which may additional erode public belief in authorities and undermine the COVID-19 response.

DRL seeks a mission to reinforce transparency and empower civil society and media to watch and promote accountability of presidency responses to COVID-19.  A aggressive applicant will have the ability to work throughout a number of international locations with a consortium of civil society organizations, media entities, and anti-corruption advocates to assist enhanced transparency and accountability in public procurement processes; take benefit and construct upon recently-launched multilateral and multi-stakeholder initiatives to advertise authorities transparency in authorities responses to COVID-19, together with the “Open Response + Open Recovery” marketing campaign initiated by the Open Government Partnership; enhance the effectiveness of civil society-led advocacy to advertise accountability of presidency response and using public funds to fight COVID-19; strengthen present nationwide and regional anti-corruption frameworks and authorities oversight mechanisms; and broaden house for freedom of expression and entry to data together with by defending corruption whistleblowers from legal prosecution, arrest, and different types of retaliation.

A aggressive mission will exhibit substantial expertise with anti-corruption programming, together with on open authorities and public procurement points; confirmed connections to a variety of anti-corruption advocates and organizers, together with native organizations, investigative media entities, and civil society organizations; and capability to manage sub-grants in different contexts to assist nationwide and transnational transparency and anti-corruption advocacy.  DRL seeks a mission that features a responsive small grants part to assist modern anti-corruption initiatives that advance the outcomes outlined above with the intention to guarantee native buy-in.  Other illustrative mission actions can embrace:

  • Supporting civil society and media to foster public demand for accountability, together with by shedding gentle on corrupt practices and fascinating residents and others concerning its impression;
  • Mobilizing native civil society to advocate for clear procurement requirements and compliance with anti-corruption and competitors legal guidelines;
  • Advocating for the inclusion of transparency and anti-corruption measures in COVID-19-related emergency reduction efforts to make sure sources go to assist these most susceptible and in danger;
  • Partner with governments to reinforce measures supposed to extend transparency in public procurement;
  • Promoting dialogue and joint actions amongst civil society, native communities, and different related stakeholders to strengthen neighborhood oversight and accountability of presidency response to COVID-19;
  • Identify areas the place present procurement processes and authorities response to COVID-19 are insufficient to safeguarding towards corruption and work with civil society, authorities, and regional and worldwide consultants to deal with these weaknesses.

Where acceptable, aggressive proposals could embrace:

  • Opportunities for beneficiaries to use their new data and expertise in sensible efforts;
  • Solicitation of suggestions and options from beneficiaries when creating actions with the intention to strengthen the sustainability of packages and participant possession of mission outcomes;
  • Input from contributors on sustainability plans and systematic evaluation of the plans all through the lifetime of the mission, with changes made as obligatory;
  • Inclusion of susceptible populations;
  • Joint identification and definition of key ideas with related stakeholders and stakeholder enter into mission actions;
  • Systematic comply with up with beneficiaries at particular intervals after the completion of actions to trace how beneficiaries are retaining new data in addition to making use of their new expertise.

Activities which might be not sometimes allowed embrace, however aren’t restricted to:

  • The provision of humanitarian help;
  • English language instruction;
  • Development of high-tech pc or communications software program and/or {hardware};
  • Purely tutorial exchanges or fellowships;
  • External exchanges or fellowships lasting longer than six months;
  • Off-shore actions that aren’t clearly linked to in-country initiatives and impression or aren’t obligatory per safety considerations;
  • Theoretical explorations of human rights or democracy points, together with tasks aimed primarily at analysis and analysis that don’t incorporate coaching or capacity-building for native civil society;
  • Micro-loans or comparable small enterprise growth initiatives;
  • Initiatives directed in the direction of a diaspora neighborhood reasonably than present residents of focused international locations.

This discover is topic to availability of funding.

B. Federal Award Information

Primary organizations can submit 1 utility in response to the NOFO.

The U.S. authorities could (a) reject all or any functions, (b) settle for apart from the bottom value utility, (c) settle for a couple of utility, and (d) waive irregularities in functions acquired.

The U.S. authorities could make award(s) on the idea of preliminary functions acquired, with out discussions or negotiations.  Therefore, every preliminary utility ought to comprise the applicant’s finest phrases from a price and technical standpoint.  The U.S. authorities reserves the best (although it’s beneath no obligation to take action), nevertheless, to enter into discussions with a number of candidates with the intention to acquire clarifications, extra element, or to recommend refinements within the mission description, funds, or different elements of an utility.

DRL anticipates awarding both a grant or cooperative settlement relying on the wants and threat elements of this system.  The closing willpower on award mechanism shall be made by the Grants Officer.  The distinction between grants and cooperative agreements revolves across the existence of “substantial involvement.”  Cooperative agreements require better Federal authorities participation within the mission.  If a cooperative settlement is awarded, DRL will undertake cheap and programmatically obligatory substantial involvement.  Examples of considerable involvement can embrace, however are not restricted to:

  • Active participation or collaboration with the recipient within the implementation of the award.
  • Review and approval of 1 stage of labor earlier than one other can start.
  • Review and approval of substantive provisions of proposed subawards or contracts past present Federal coverage.
  • Approval of the recipient’s funds or plan of labor previous to the award.

The authority for this funding alternative is discovered within the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (FAA).

To maximize the impression and sustainability of the award(s) that consequence from this NOFO, DRL retains the best to execute non-competitive continuation modification(s).  The complete length of any award, together with potential non-competitive continuation amendments, shall not exceed 60 months, or 5 years.  Any non-competitive continuation is contingent on efficiency and pending availability of funds.  A non-competitive continuation just isn’t assured and the Department of State reserves the best to train or to not train this selection.

C. Eligibility Information

For utility data, please see the proposal submission directions (PSI) on our website.

C.1 Eligible Applicants

DRL welcomes functions from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public worldwide organizations; personal, public, or state establishments of upper training; and for-profit organizations or companies.  DRL’s desire is to work with non-profit entities; nevertheless, there could be some events when a for-profit entity is finest suited.

Applications submitted by for-profit entities could also be topic to extra evaluation following the panel choice course of.  Additionally, the Department of State prohibits revenue to for-profit or industrial organizations beneath its help awards.  Profit is outlined as any quantity in extra of allowable direct and oblique prices.  The allowability of prices incurred by industrial organizations is set in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) at 48 CFR 30, Cost Accounting Standards Administration, and 48 CFR 31 Contract Cost Principles and Procedures.

Please see 2 CFR 200.307 for rules concerning program revenue.

C.2 Cost Sharing or Matching

Providing value sharing, matching, or value participation just isn’t an eligibility issue or requirement for this NOFO, and offering value share is not going to lead to a extra favorable aggressive rating.

C.3 Other

Applicants ought to have present, or the capability to develop, lively partnerships with thematic or in-country companions, entities, and related stakeholders, together with personal sector companions and NGOs, and have demonstrable expertise in administering profitable and ideally comparable tasks.  DRL encourages functions from foreign-based NGOs headquartered within the geographic areas/international locations related to this NOFO.  Applicants could kind consortia with the intention to convey collectively organizations with different experience to suggest a complete program in a single proposal.  However, one group needs to be designated within the proposal because the lead applicant, with the opposite members designated as sub-award companions.  DRL reserves the best to request extra background data on candidates that should not have earlier expertise administering federal grant awards, and these candidates could also be topic to restricted funding on a pilot foundation.

DRL is dedicated to an anti-discrimination coverage in all of its tasks and actions.  DRL welcomes functions no matter race, ethnicity, shade, creed, nationwide origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender id, incapacity, or different standing.

Any applicant listed on the Excluded Parties List System within the System for Award Management (SAM.gov) (www.sam.gov) and/or has a present debt to the U.S. authorities just isn’t eligible to use for an help award in accordance with the OMB pointers at 2 CFR 180 that implement Executive Orders 12549 (3 CFR,1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 CFR,1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension.”  Additionally, no entity or individual listed on the Excluded Parties List System in SAM.gov can take part in any actions beneath an award.  All candidates are strongly inspired to evaluation the Excluded Parties List System in SAM.gov to make sure that no ineligible entity or individual is included of their utility.

D. Application and Submission Information

D.1 Address to Request Application Package

Applicants can discover utility kinds, kits, or different supplies wanted to use on www.grants.gov and SAMS Domestic (https://mygrants.servicenowservices.com) under the announcement title “DRL FY19 Countering Corruption amid COVID-19,” funding alternative quantity “SFOP0006927.”  Please contact the DRL level of contact listed in Section G if requesting cheap lodging for individuals with disabilities or for safety causes.  Please word that cheap lodging don’t embrace deadline extensions.

D.2 Content and Form of Application Submission

For all utility paperwork, please guarantee:

  • All paperwork are in English and all prices are in U.S. {dollars}.  If an authentic doc inside the utility is in one other language, an English translation have to be supplied (please word the Department of State, as indicated in 2 CFR 200.111, requires that English is the official language of all award paperwork.  If any doc is supplied in each English and a international language, the English language model is the controlling model);
  • All pages are numbered, together with budgets and attachments;
  • All paperwork are formatted to eight ½ x 11 paper; and,
  • All paperwork are single-spaced, 12 level Times New Roman font, with 1-inch margins.  Captions and footnotes could also be 10-point Times New Roman font.  Font sizes in charts and tables, together with the funds, will be reformatted to suit inside 1 web page width.

D.2.1 Application Requirements

Complete functions should embrace the next:

  • Completed and signed SF-424, SF-424A, and SF-424B kinds.  Please see SF-424 directions in Section 2B of the PSI.
  • If your group engages in lobbying the U.S. authorities, together with Congress, or pays one other entity to foyer in your behalf, the SF-LLL “Disclosure of Lobbying Activities” kind can also be required (provided that relevant).  Please see SF-LLL steerage in Section 2B of the PSI.
  • Cover Page (to not exceed one (1) web page, ideally as a Word Document) that features a desk with the group identify, mission title, goal nation/international locations, mission synopsis, and identify and call data for the applying’s essential level of contact.  Please see Cover Page Section 2C of the PSI for a template and extra particulars.
  • Executive Summary (to not exceed one (1) web page, ideally as a Word Document) that outlines mission targets, targets, actions, and so forth.
    • The Executive Summary ought to embrace a short part that explicitly states (1) the issue assertion addressed by the mission, (2) research-based proof justifying the distinctive mission method, and (3) quantifiable mission outcomes and impacts.
  • Table of Contents (to not exceed one (1) web page, ideally as a Word Document) itemizing all paperwork and attachments with web page numbers.
  • Proposal Narrative (to not exceed ten (10) pages, ideally as a Word Document).  Please word the ten-page restrict doesn’t embrace the Cover Page, Executive Summary, Table of Contents, Attachments, Detailed Budget, Budget Narrative, Audit, or NICRA.  Applicants are inspired to mix a number of paperwork in a single Word Document or PDF (i.e. Cover Page, Table of Contents, Executive Summary, and Proposal Narrative in a single file).  Please see Proposal Narrative Guidelines in Section 2F of the PSI for extra particulars.
    • The Proposal Narrative ought to exhibit the Applicant’s dedication to making sure the participation of all individuals as a method for implementation.  Please combine inclusion methods in all sections of the Proposal Narrative to reinforce programmatic impression.
  • Budget (ideally as an Excel workbook) that features three (3) columns containing the request to DRL, any value sharing contribution, and the full funds.  A abstract funds also needs to be included utilizing the OMB-approved funds classes (see SF-424A as a pattern) in a separate tab.  Costs have to be in U.S. {dollars}.  Detailed line-item budgets for subgrantees needs to be included as extra tabs inside the Excel workbook (if accessible on the time of submission).  Please see Budget Guidelines Section 2G of the PSI for extra data.
    • The programming method needs to be devoted to strengthening inclusive societies as a obligatory pillar of robust democracies.  Please embrace prices related to this dedication within the funds and funds narrative.
  • Budget Narrative (ideally as a Word Document) that features substantive explanations and justifications for every line merchandise within the detailed funds spreadsheet, in addition to the supply and an outline of all cost-share supplied.  Please see Budget Guidelines Section 2G of the PSI for extra data.
  • Your group’s most up-to-date audit, if relevant.  This needs to be a single audit, program-specific audit, or different audit in accordance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS).  Please see Audit Section 2H of the PSI for extra data.
  • Logic Model (ideally as a Word Document).  Please see Logic Model Section 2I of the PSI for extra data.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Narrative (to not exceed 4 (4) pages, ideally as a Word Document).  Please see Monitoring and Evaluation Narrative Section 2J of the PSI for extra data.
    • As acknowledged inside the DRL Guide to Program Monitoring and Evaluation (p. 6): DRL strongly encourages candidates to contemplate whether or not their monitoring and analysis techniques are using human rights-based approaches, making use of a gender and fairness lens, or embrace the participation of sub-grantees and mission contributors.  Within the Monitoring and Evaluation Narrative, candidates ought to exhibit their dedication to inclusive methods and take into account whether or not analysis design, knowledge assortment, evaluation, reporting and studying are performed in an moral and accountable method with all mission contributors (e.g. direct beneficiaries, sub-grantees).  Applicants ought to nonetheless make enough provisions to guard the privateness of human topics when amassing knowledge from people. For occasion, when amassing knowledge from mission contributors, take into account whether or not your group could have the mandatory knowledgeable consent kinds, confidentiality agreements, and knowledge safety protocols.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (ideally as a Word Document or Excel Sheet).  Please see Monitoring and Evaluation Plan Section 2J of the PSI for extra data.
  • Risk Analysis (ideally as a Word Document).  Please see Risk Analysis Section 2K of the PSI for extra data.
  • Key Personnel (to not exceed two (2) pages, ideally as a Word Document).  Please embrace brief bios that spotlight related skilled expertise.  Given the restricted house, CVs aren’t advisable for submission.
  • Timeline (to not exceed one (1) web page, ideally as a Word Document or Excel Sheet).  The timeline of the general proposal ought to embrace actions, analysis efforts, and program closeout.
  • Gender Analysis (to not exceed 5 (5) pages, ideally as a Word Document) that identifies and examines the relevance of gender norms and energy relations in goal international locations and addresses how the group will account for these dynamics all through program design and implementation.  The evaluation ought to take into account institutional practices and obstacles, cultural norms, gender roles, entry to and management over property and sources, and patterns of decision-making.  In battle settings, the gender evaluation ought to study how gender norms work together with different elements to drive or mitigate battle, the differential impression of battle on ladies and men, and an understanding of the roles of ladies and men in battle, peacebuilding, and transitional processes.  A set of guiding questions can be present in Section L of the PSI.
  • Burma Due Diligence Assessment (to not exceed one (1) web page, ideally in Microsoft Word) that outlines present organizational practices for vetting program beneficiaries and capability to conduct due diligence vetting as outlined within the solicitation. 

Applications that don’t embrace the weather listed above shall be deemed technically ineligible.  

D.2.2 Additional Application Documents

Strong functions may also comprise the next:

  • Individual Letters of Support and/or Memorandum of Understanding.  Letters of assist and MOUs have to be particular to the mission implementation (e.g. from proposed companions or sub-award recipients) and won’t rely in the direction of the web page restrict.

Please check with the Proposal Submission Instructions on DRL’s web site for detailed steerage on the paperwork above:  https://www.state.gov/bureau-of-democracy-human-rights-and-labor/programs-and-grants/.  For an utility guidelines and pattern templates please see the Resources web page on DRL’s web site:  https://www.state.gov/resources-for-programs-and-grants/.  The pattern templates supplied on the DRL web site are urged, however not obligatory.

DRL reserves the best to request extra paperwork not included on this NOFO.  Additionally, to make sure that all functions obtain a balanced analysis, the DRL Review Panel will evaluation from the primary web page of every part as much as the web page restrict and no additional.

Note:  If finally supplied with a notification of non-binding intent to make a Federal award, candidates sometimes have two to 3 weeks to offer extra data and paperwork requested within the notification of intent.  The deadlines could fluctuate in every notification of intent and candidates should adhere to the acknowledged deadline within the notification of intent.

D.2.3 Additional Information Requested For Those Receiving Notification of Intent

Successful candidates should submit after notification of intent to make a Federal award, however previous to issuance of a Federal award:

  • Written responses and revised utility paperwork addressing situations and suggestions from the DRL Review Panel;
  • If your group has a NICRA and consists of NICRA prices within the funds, your newest NICRA as a PDF file;
  • Completion of the Department’s Financial Management Survey, if receiving DRL funding for the primary time;
  • Submission of required paperwork to register within the Payment Management System managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, if receiving DRL funding for the primary time (until an exemption is supplied);
  • Other requested data or paperwork included within the notification of intent to make a Federal award or subsequent communications previous to issuance of a Federal award;
  • Applicants who submit their functions by means of Grants.gov shall be required to create a SAMS Domestic account with the intention to settle for the ultimate award.  Accounts have to be logged in to each 60 with the intention to keep an lively account.

D.3 Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM)

All prime organizations, whether or not primarily based within the United States or abroad, will need to have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), previously known as DUNS, and an lively registration with the SAM.gov earlier than submitting an utility.  DRL could not evaluation functions from or make awards to candidates that haven’t accomplished all relevant UEI and SAM.gov necessities.  A UEI is among the knowledge components mandated by Public Law 109-282, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA), for all Federal awards.

The 2 CFR 200 requires that subgrantees acquire a UEI quantity.  Please word the UEI for subgrantees just isn’t required on the time of utility however shall be required earlier than the award is processed and/or directed to a subgrantee. 

Note:  The technique of acquiring a SAM.gov registration could take wherever from 4-8 weeks.  Please start your registration as early as doable.

  • If you’re primarily based within the United States or pay workers inside the United States, previous to registering in SAM.gov you’ll need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code.
  • If you’re primarily based outdoors of the United States and don’t pay workers inside the United States, you do not want an EIN from the IRS.  However, you’ll need a NATO CAGE (NCAGE) code earlier than you may have an lively registration in SAM.gov.

All prime organizations should additionally proceed to keep up lively SAM.gov registration with present data always throughout which they’ve an lively Federal award or utility into consideration by a Federal award company.  SAM.gov requires all entities to resume their registration yearly with the intention to keep an lively registration standing in SAM.  It is the accountability of the applicant to make sure it has an lively registration in SAM.gov and to keep up that lively registration.  If an applicant has not absolutely complied with the necessities on the time of utility, the applicant could also be deemed technically ineligible to obtain an award and use that willpower as a foundation for making an award to a different applicant.

For additional steerage on the registration course of, please see the SAM.gov Registration Guide on DRL’s web site: https://www.state.gov/resources-for-programs-and-grants/.  Please check with 2 CFR 25.200 for extra data.  Also, please check with Section D.5 – Funding Restriction of the NOFO.

Note:  SAM.gov just isn’t the identical as SAMS Domestic.  It is free to register in each techniques, however the registration processes are totally different.

In October 2017, new data was added to the www.SAM.gov web site to assist worldwide registrations, together with “Quick Start Guide for International Registrations” and “Helpful Hints.”  Navigate to SAM.gov, click on HELP within the high navigation bar, then click on International Registrants within the left navigation panel.  Please word, steerage on SAM.gov and the steerage on GSA’s web site about requirement for registering in SAM.gov is topic to alter.  Applicants ought to evaluation the web site for probably the most up-to-date steerage.

D.3.1 Exemptions

An exemption from these necessities could also be permitted on a case-by-case foundation if:

  • An applicant’s id have to be protected resulting from potential endangerment of their mission, their group’s standing, their workers, or people being served by the applicant. 

** Organizations requesting exemption from UEI or SAM.gov necessities should e-mail the purpose of contact listed within the NOFO not less than two weeks previous to the deadline within the NOFO offering a justification of their request.  Approval for a SAM.gov exemption should come from the warranted Grant Officer earlier than the applying will be deemed eligible for evaluation. **

Note:  Foreign organizations shall be required to register with the NATO Support Agency (NSPA) to obtain a NCAGE code with the intention to register in SAM.gov.  NSPA will ahead your registration request to the relevant National Codification Bureau (NCB) in case your group is positioned in a NATO or Tier 2 Sponsored Non-NATO Nation.  As of October 2019, NATO nations included Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.  As of October 2019, Tier 2 nations included Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Finland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Serbia, Singapore, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, and Ukraine.  

NSPA and/or the suitable NCB forwards all NCAGE code data to all Allied Committee 135 (AC/135) nations, which as of October 2019 additionally included Afghanistan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Egypt, Georgia, Japan, Jordan, North Macedonia, Oman, Peru, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Thailand.  All organizations are strongly suggested to take this into consideration when assessing whether or not registration could lead to doable endangerment.

D.4 Submission Dates and Times

Applications are due no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), on Friday, June 12, 2020 on https://www.grants.gov/ or SAMDomestic (https://mygrants.servicenowservices.com) beneath the announcement title DRL FY19 Countering Corruption amid COVID-19,” funding alternative quantity “SFOP0006927.” 

Grants.gov and SAMS Domestic robotically log the date and time an utility submission is made, and the Department of State will use this data to find out whether or not an utility has been submitted on time.  Late functions are neither reviewed nor thought-about until the DRL level of contact listed in Section G is contacted previous to the deadline and is supplied with proof of system errors attributable to Grants.gov or SAMS Domestic (https://mygrants.servicenowservices.com) that is outdoors of the applicant’s management and is the only motive for a late submission.  Applicants shouldn’t count on a notification upon DRL receiving their utility.

D.5 Funding Restrictions

DRL is not going to take into account functions that replicate any sort of assist for any member, affiliate, or consultant of a delegated terrorist group. Please refer the hyperlink for Foreign Terrorist Organizations:  https://www.state.gov/foreign-terrorist-organizations/

Project actions whose direct beneficiaries are international militaries or paramilitary teams or people is not going to be thought-about for DRL funding given goal limitations on funding.

In accordance with Department of State coverage for terrorism, candidates are suggested that profitable passing of vetting to guage the danger that funds could profit terrorists or their supporters is a situation of award.  If chosen for an award, candidates shall be requested to submit data required by DS Form 4184, Risk Analysis Information (connected to this solicitation) about their firm and its principal personnel.  Vetting data can also be required for all sub-award efficiency on help awards recognized by the Department of State as presenting a threat of terrorist financing.  Vetting data can also be requested for mission beneficiaries and contributors.  Failure to submit data when requested, or failure to go vetting, could also be grounds for rejecting your proposal previous to award.

The Leahy Law prohibits Department international help funds from supporting international safety drive models if the Secretary of State has credible data that the unit has dedicated a gross violation of human rights.  Per 22 USC §2378d(a) (2017), “No assistance shall be furnished under this chapter [FOREIGN ASSISTANCE] or the Arms Export Control Act [22 USC 2751 et seq.] to any unit of the security forces of a foreign country if the Secretary of State has credible information that such unit has committed a gross violation of human rights.”  Restrictions could apply to any proposed help to police or different regulation enforcement.  Among these, pursuant to part 620M of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (FAA), no help supplied by means of this funding alternative could also be furnished to any unit of the safety forces of a international nation when there’s credible data that such unit has dedicated a gross violation of human rights.  In accordance with the necessities of part 620M of the FAA, also referred to as the Leahy regulation, mission beneficiaries or contributors from a international authorities’s safety forces could have to be vetted by the Department earlier than the availability of any help.  If a proposed grant or cooperative settlement will present help to international safety forces or personnel, compliance with the Leahy Law is required.

U.S. international help for Burma or Burmese beneficiaries is topic to restrictions.  This consists of restrictions, pursuant to part 7043(a)(1)(C) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2019 (Div. F, P.L. 116-6)(SFOAA), on funds appropriated beneath title III of the act for help for Burma.  Section 7043(a)(1)(C) supplies that such funds “may not be made available to any individual or organization if the Secretary of State has credible information that such individual or organization has committed a gross violation of human rights (GVHR), including against Rohingya and other minority groups, or that advocates violence against ethnic or religious groups or individuals in Burma.”  It additional supplies that such funds “may not be made available to any organization or entity controlled by the armed forces of Burma.”

Organizations needs to be cognizant of those restrictions when creating mission proposals as these restrictions would require acceptable due diligence of program beneficiaries and collaboration with DRL to make sure compliance with these restrictions.  Program beneficiaries topic to GVHR due diligence vetting will embrace any people who’re a part of or have been previously a part of the federal government, army, or nongovernmental armed teams.  Program beneficiaries topic to advocating or in any other case selling violence due diligence vetting will embrace any people or entities which might be beneficiaries of international help funding or assist.  Due diligence vetting will embrace a evaluation of open supply supplies.

Federal awards usually is not going to enable reimbursement of pre-award prices; nevertheless, the Grants Officer could approve pre-award prices on a case-by-case foundation.  Generally, development prices aren’t allowed beneath DRL awards.  For extra data, please see the DRL Proposal Submission Instructions for Applications: https://www.state.gov/bureau-of-democracy-human-rights-and-labor/programs-and-grants/.

D.6 Application Submission

All utility submissions have to be made electronically by way of www.grants.gov or SAMS Domestic (https://mygrants.servicenowservices.com).  Both techniques require registration by the making use of group.  Please word:  the Grants.gov registration course of can take ten [10] enterprise days or longer, even when all registration steps are accomplished in a well timed method.

It is the accountability of the applicant to make sure that it has an lively registration in SAMS Domestic or Grants.gov.  Applicants are required to doc that the applying has been acquired by SAMS Domestic or Grants.gov in its entirety.  DRL bears no accountability for disqualification that consequence from candidates not being registered earlier than the due date, for system errors in both SAMS Domestic or Grants.gov, or different errors within the utility course of.  Additionally you should save a display screen shot of the guidelines exhibiting all paperwork submitted in case any doc fails to add efficiently.

Faxed, couriered, or emailed paperwork will not be accepted.  Reasonable lodging could, in acceptable circumstances, be supplied to candidates with disabilities or for safety causes.  Applicants should comply with all formatting directions within the relevant NOFO and these directions.

DRL encourages organizations to submit functions throughout regular enterprise hours (Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)).  If an applicant experiences technical difficulties and has contacted the suitable helpdesk however just isn’t receiving well timed help (e.g. when you have not acquired a response inside 48 hours of contacting the helpdesk), it’s possible you’ll contact the DRL level of contact listed within the NOFO in Section G.  The level of contact could help in contacting the suitable helpdesk.

Note:  The Grants Officer will decide technical eligibility of all functions.

SAMS Domestic Applications:

Applicants utilizing SAMS Domestic for the primary time ought to full their “New Organization Registration.”  To register with SAMS Domestic, click on “Login to https://mygrants.servicenowservices.com” and comply with the “create an account” hyperlink.

Organizations should bear in mind to save a display screen shot of the guidelines exhibiting all paperwork submitted in case any doc fails to add efficiently.

SAMS Domestic Help Desk:  
For help with SAMS Domestic accounts and technical points associated to the system, please contact the ILMS assist desk by cellphone at +1 (888) 313-4567 (toll prices apply for worldwide callers) or by means of the Self Service on-line portal that may be accessed from https://afsitsm.service-now.com/ilms/home.  Customer support is accessible 24/7.

Grants.gov Applications:
Applicants who don’t submit functions by way of SAMS Domestic could submit by way of www.grants.gov.

Please be suggested that finishing all the mandatory registration steps for acquiring a username and password from Grants.gov can take greater than two (2) weeks.

Please check with the Grants.gov web site for definitions of varied “application statuses” and the distinction between a submission receipt and a submission validation.  Applicants will obtain a validation e-mail from Grants.gov upon the profitable submission of an utility.  Validation of an digital submission by way of Grants.gov can take as much as two enterprise days.  Additionally, you should bear in mind to save a screenshot of the guidelines exhibiting all paperwork submitted in case any doc fails to add efficiently.

Grants.gov Helpdesk: 

For help with Grants.gov, please name the Contact Center at +1 (800) 518-4726 or e-mail assist@grants.gov.  The Contact Center is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days per week, besides federal holidays.

See https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/snow-dismissal-procedures/federal-holidays/  for a listing of federal holidays.

E. Application Review Information

E.1 Proposal Review Criteria

The DRL Review Panel will consider every utility individually towards the next standards, listed beneath so as of significance, and never towards competing functions.  Please use the beneath standards as a reference, however don’t construction your utility in accordance with the sub-sections.

Quality of Project Idea

Applications needs to be attentive to this system framework and coverage targets recognized within the NOFO, acceptable within the nation/regional context, and may exhibit originality, substance, precision, and relevance to DRL’s mission of selling human rights and democracy.  Projects ought to have the potential to have a right away impression resulting in long-term, sustainable reforms. DRL prefers new approaches that don’t duplicate efforts by different entities.  This doesn’t exclude from consideration tasks that enhance upon or broaden present profitable tasks in a brand new and complementary method.  In international locations the place comparable actions are already happening, a proof needs to be supplied as to how new actions is not going to duplicate or merely add to present actions and the way these efforts shall be coordinated.  Proposals that promote artistic approaches to acknowledged ongoing challenges are extremely inspired.  DRL prioritizes mission proposals with inclusive approaches for advancing these rights.

Project Planning/Ability to Achieve Objectives

A powerful utility will embrace a transparent articulation of how the proposed mission actions contribute to the general mission targets, and every exercise shall be clearly developed and detailed.  A complete month-to-month work plan ought to exhibit substantive undertakings and the logistical capability of the group.  Objectives needs to be formidable but measurable, results-focused and achievable in an affordable time-frame.  An entire utility should embrace a logic mannequin to exhibit how the mission actions will have an effect on its proposed targets.  The logic mannequin ought to match the targets, outcomes, key actions, and outputs described within the narrative.  Applications ought to handle how the mission will interact related stakeholders and may determine native companions as acceptable.

If native companions have been recognized, DRL strongly encourages candidates to submit letters of assist from proposed in-country companions.  Additionally, candidates ought to describe the division of labor among the many direct applicant and any native companions.  If relevant, functions ought to determine goal geographic areas for actions, goal participant teams or choice standards for contributors, and the particular roles of sub-awardees, amongst different pertinent particulars.

DRL acknowledges that every one packages have some degree of threat resulting from inside/exterior variables which have the potential to adversely have an effect on a program.  Risk administration ought to handle how this system design incorporates the identification, evaluation, and administration of key threat elements.  DRL will evaluation the danger evaluation primarily based on the group’s means to determine dangers that would have an effect on the general program in addition to how the group will handle these dangers.

Institution’s Record and Capacity

DRL will take into account the previous efficiency of prior recipients and the demonstrated potential of latest candidates.  Applications ought to exhibit an institutional report of profitable democracy and human rights packages, together with accountable fiscal administration and full compliance with all reporting necessities for previous grants.  Proposed personnel and institutional sources needs to be enough and acceptable to realize the mission’s targets.  Projects ought to have potential for continued funding past DRL sources.

Addressing Barriers to Equal Participation

DRL strives to make sure its tasks advance the rights and uphold the dignity of all individuals.  As the U.S. authorities’s lead bureau devoted to selling democratic governance, DRL requests a programming method devoted to strengthening inclusive societies as a obligatory pillar of robust democracies.  Violence focusing on any members of society undermines collective safety and threatens democracy.  DRL prioritizes inclusive and built-in program fashions that assess and handle the obstacles to entry for people and teams primarily based on their faith, gender, disabilities, ethnicity, or sexual orientation and gender id.  Applicants ought to describe how programming will impression all of its beneficiaries, together with assist that particularly targets communities going through discrimination, and which can be beneath menace of violence.  This method needs to be an integral a part of each the idea and specific design, and implementation of all proposed mission actions, targets, and monitoring.  Strong proposals will present particular evaluation, measures, and corresponding targets as acceptable.  Stakeholders shall determine the distinction between alternatives and obstacles to entry, and design packages accordingly to not perpetuate these inequalities, however reasonably improve programmatic impression by together with all individuals in society.  The purpose of this method is to convey communities and people in energy collectively in assist of extra secure and safe societies.

Cost Effectiveness

DRL strongly encourages candidates to obviously exhibit mission cost-effectiveness of their utility, together with examples of leveraging institutional and different sources.  However, cost-sharing or different examples of leveraging different sources aren’t required.  Inclusion of cost-sharing within the funds doesn’t lead to extra factors awarded in the course of the evaluation course of.  Budgets ought to have low and/or cheap overhead and administration prices, and candidates ought to present clear explanations and justifications for these prices in relation to the work concerned.  All funds objects needs to be clearly defined and justified to exhibit necessity, appropriateness, and connection to the mission targets.

Please word:  If cost-share is included within the funds, the recipient should keep written data to assist all allowable prices which might be claimed as its contribution to cost-share, in addition to prices to be paid by the Federal authorities.  Such data are topic to audit.  In the occasion the recipient doesn’t meet the minimal quantity of cost-sharing as stipulated within the recipient’s funds, DRL’s contribution could also be lowered in proportion to the recipient’s contribution.

Multiplier Effect/Sustainability

Applications ought to clearly delineate how components of the mission could have a multiplier impact and be sustainable past the lifetime of the grant.  A superb multiplier impact will have an effect past the direct beneficiaries of the grant (e.g. contributors educated beneath a grant go on to coach different individuals; workshop contributors use expertise from a workshop to reinforce a nationwide degree election that impacts the whole populace).  A powerful sustainability plan could embrace demonstrating persevering with impression past the lifetime of a mission or garnering different donor assist after DRL funding ceases.

Project Monitoring and Evaluation

Complete functions will embrace an in depth M&E Narrative and M&E Plan, which element how the mission’s progress shall be monitored and evaluated.  Incorporating well-designed monitoring and analysis processes right into a mission is an environment friendly technique for documenting the change (supposed and unintended) {that a} mission seeks.  Applications ought to exhibit the capability to offer targets with measurable outputs and outcomes.

The high quality of the M&E sections shall be judged on the narrative explaining how each monitoring and analysis shall be carried out and who shall be answerable for these associated actions.  The M&E Narrative ought to clarify how an exterior analysis shall be included into the mission implementation plan or how the mission shall be systematically assessed within the absence of 1.  Please see the part on Monitoring and Evaluation Narrative within the Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) for extra data on what’s required within the narrative.

The output and outcome-based efficiency indicators shouldn’t solely be separated by mission targets but in addition ought to match the targets, outcomes, and outputs detailed within the logic mannequin and proposal narrative.  Performance indicators needs to be clearly outlined (i.e., defined how the indications shall be measured and reported) both inside the desk or with a separate Performance Indicator Reference Sheet (PIRS).  For every efficiency indicator, the desk also needs to embrace baselines and quarterly and cumulative targets, knowledge assortment instruments, knowledge sources, kinds of knowledge disaggregation, and frequency of monitoring and analysis.  There also needs to be metrics to seize how mission actions goal these discriminated towards or marginalized populations or addresses their considerations, the place relevant.  Please see the part on Monitoring and Evaluation Plan within the Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) for extra data on what’s required within the plan.

E.2 Review and Selection Process

DRL strives to make sure that every utility receives a balanced analysis by a DRL Review Panel.  The Department’s Office of Acquisitions Management (AQM) will decide technical eligibility for all functions.  All technically eligible functions for a given NOFO are reviewed towards the identical seven standards, which embrace high quality of mission concept, mission planning/means to realize targets, institutional report and capability, inclusive programming, value effectiveness, multiplier impact/sustainability, and mission monitoring and analysis.

Additionally, the DRL Review Panel will consider how the applying addresses the NOFO request, U.S. international coverage targets, and the precedence wants of DRL total.  DRL can also take into accounts the steadiness of the present portfolio of lively tasks, together with geographic or thematic variety, if wanted.

In most instances, the DRL Review Panel consists of representatives from DRL, the suitable Department of State regional bureau (to incorporate suggestions from U.S. embassies), and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) (to incorporate suggestions from USAID missions).  In some instances, extra panelists could take part, together with from different Department of State bureaus or places of work; U.S. authorities departments, businesses, or boards; representatives from accomplice governments; or representatives from entities which might be in a public-private partnership with DRL.  At the tip of the panel’s dialogue about an utility, the Panel votes on recommending the applying for approval by the DRL Assistant Secretary.  If extra functions are finally advisable for approval than DRL can fund, the Panel will rank the advisable functions in precedence order for consideration by the DRL Assistant Secretary.  The Grants Officer Representative (GOR) for the eventual award doesn’t vote on the panel.  All Panelists should signal non-disclosure agreements and conflicts of curiosity agreements.

DRL Review Panels could present situations and suggestions on functions to reinforce the proposed mission, which have to be addressed by the applicant earlier than additional consideration of the award.  To guarantee efficient use of DRL funds, situations or suggestions could embrace requests to extend, lower, make clear, and/or justify prices and mission actions.

F. Federal Award Administration Information

F.1 Federal Award Notices

DRL will present a separate notification to candidates on the results of their functions.  Successful candidates will obtain a letter electronically by way of e-mail requesting that the applicant reply to Panel situations and suggestions.  This notification just isn’t an authorization to start actions and doesn’t represent formal approval or a funding dedication.

Final approval is contingent on the applicant efficiently responding to the Panel’s situations and suggestions, being registered in required techniques, together with the U.S. authorities’s Payment Management System (PMS), until an exemption is supplied, and finishing and offering any extra documentation requested by DRL or AQM.  Final approval can also be contingent on Congressional notification necessities being met and closing evaluation and approval by the Department’s warranted Grants Officer.

The discover of Federal award signed by the Department’s warranted Grants Officers is the only authorizing doc.  If awarded, the discover of Federal award shall be supplied to the applicant’s designated Authorizing Official by way of SAMS Domestic to be electronically counter-signed within the system.

F.2 Administrative and National Policy and Legal Requirements

DRL requires all recipients of international help funding to comply with all relevant Department and Federal legal guidelines and rules, together with however not restricted to the next:

The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards set forth in 2 CFR Chapter 200 (Sub-Chapters A by means of F) shall apply to all non-Federal entities, aside from help awards to Individuals and Foreign Public Entities.  Sub-Chapters A by means of E shall apply to all international organizations, and Sub-Chapters A by means of D shall apply to all U.S. and international for-profit entities. The applicant/recipient of the award and any sub-recipient beneath the award should adjust to all relevant phrases and situations, along with the peace of mind and certifications made a part of the Notice of Award.  The Department’s Standard Terms and Conditions will be seen at https://www.state.gov/m/a/ope/index.htm.

Additionally, DRL helps implementation of the Women Peace and Security Act of 2017, which highlights the U.S. dedication to the significant participation of ladies in battle prevention, administration, and determination.  For extra data, please check with the hyperlink: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1141

Due to the willpower made beneath the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) for FY 2020, help that advantages the governments of the next international locations could also be topic to a restriction beneath the TVPA.  The Department of State determines on a case-by-case foundation what constitutes help to a authorities; the overall rules listed beneath apply.

Assistance to the federal government consists of:

  • All branches of presidency (government, legislative, judicial) in any respect ranges (nationwide, regional, native);
  • Public colleges, universities, hospitals, and state-owned enterprises, in addition to authorities workers;
  • Cash, coaching, gear, companies, or different help supplied on to the federal government, help supplied to an NGO or different implementer for the good thing about the federal government, and help to authorities workers.

Subject to TVPA for funds obligated throughout FY 2020:

AF:  Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, The Gambia, Mauritania, South Sudan

EAP:  Burma, China (PRC), North Korea, Papua New Guinea

EUR:  Belarus, Russia

SCA:  Bhutan, Turkmenistan

NEA:  Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria

WHA:  Cuba, Venezuela

Additional necessities could also be included relying on the content material of this system.

F.3 Reporting

Applicants needs to be conscious that DRL awards would require that every one studies (monetary and progress) are uploaded to the grant file in SAMS Domestic on a quarterly foundation.  The Federal Financial Report (FFR or SF-425) is the required kind for the monetary studies and have to be submitted in PMS, in addition to a replica from PMS then uploaded to the grant file in SAMS Domestic.  The progress studies uploaded to the grant file in SAMS Domestic should embrace a story as described beneath and Project Indicators (or different mutually agreed upon format accepted by the Grants Officer) for the F Framework indicators. The F Framework indicators shall be reviewed and negotiated in the course of the closing phases of issuing an award.

Narrative progress studies ought to replicate the concentrate on measuring the mission’s impression on the overarching targets and needs to be compiled in accordance with the targets, outcomes, and outputs as outlined within the award’s Scope of Work (SOW) and within the Monitoring & Evaluation Narrative.  An evaluation of the general mission’s impression needs to be included in every progress report.  Where related, progress studies ought to embrace the next sections:

  • Relevant contextual data (restricted);
  • Explanation and analysis of serious actions of the reporting interval and the way the actions replicate progress towards attaining targets, together with assembly benchmarks/targets as set within the M&E plan.  In addition, connect the M&E Plan, evaluating the goal and precise numbers for the indications;
  • Any tangible impression or success tales from the mission, when doable;
  • Copy of mid-term and/or closing analysis report(s) performed by an exterior evaluator; if relevant;
  • Relevant supporting documentation or merchandise associated to the mission actions (corresponding to articles, assembly lists and agendas, participant surveys, pictures, manuals, and so forth.) as separate attachments;
  • Description of how the Recipient is pursuing sustainability, together with in search of sources of follow-on funding;
  • Any issues/challenges in implementing the mission and a corrective motion plan with an up to date timeline of actions;
  • Reasons why established targets weren’t met;
  • Data for the required F Framework indicator(s) for the quarter in addition to mixture knowledge by fiscal 12 months:  Program Indicators or different mutually agreed upon format accepted by the Grants Officer;
  • Proposed actions for the following quarter; and,
  • Additional pertinent data, together with evaluation and rationalization of value overruns or excessive unit prices, if relevant.

A closing narrative and monetary report should even be submitted inside 90 days after the expiration of the award.

Please word:  Delays in reporting could lead to delays of fee approvals and failure to offer required studies could jeopardize the recipient’s’ means to obtain future U.S. authorities funds.

DRL reserves the best to request any extra programmatic and/or monetary mission data in the course of the award interval.

G. Contact Information

For technical submission questions associated to this NOFO, please contact DRL-GP-EAP@state.gov.

For help with SAMS Domestic accounts and technical points associated to the system, please contact the ILMS assist desk by cellphone at +1 (888) 313-4567 (toll prices apply for worldwide callers) or by means of the Self Service on-line portal that may be accessed from https://afsitsm.service-now.com/ilms/home.  Customer support is accessible 24/7.

Please word that establishing an account in SAMS Domestic could require using smartphone for multi-factor authentication (MFA).  If an applicant doesn’t have accessibility to a smartphone in the course of the time of making an account, please contact the helpdesk and request directions on MFA for Windows PC.

For help with Grants.gov accounts and technical points associated to utilizing the system, please name the Contact Center at +1 (800) 518-4726 or e-mail assist@grants.gov.  The Contact Center is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days per week, besides federal holidays.

For a listing of federal holidays go to:

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/snow-dismissal-procedures/federal-holidays/

Except for technical submission questions, in the course of the NOFO interval U.S. Department of State workers in Washington and abroad shall not focus on this competitors with candidates till the whole proposal evaluation course of has been accomplished and rejection and approval letters have been transmitted.

H. Other Information

Applicants needs to be conscious that DRL understands that some data contained in functions could also be thought-about delicate or proprietary and can make acceptable efforts to guard such data.  However, candidates are suggested that DRL can’t assure that such data is not going to be disclosed, together with pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or different comparable statutes.

The data on this NOFO and “DRL’s Proposal Submission Instructions for Applications Updated January 2020” is binding and is probably not modified by any DRL consultant.  Explanatory data supplied by DRL that contradicts this language is not going to be binding.  Issuance of the NOFO and negotiation of functions doesn’t represent an award dedication on the a part of the U.S. authorities.  DRL reserves the best to scale back, revise, or enhance proposal budgets.

This NOFO will seem on www.grants.gov, SAMS Domestic, and DRL’s web site https://www.state.gov/bureau-of-democracy-human-rights-and-labor/programs-and-grants/.

Background Information on DRL and General DRL Funding

DRL has the mission of selling democracy and defending human rights globally.  DRL helps tasks that uphold democratic rules, assist and strengthen democratic establishments, promote human rights, forestall atrocities, fight and forestall violent extremism, and construct civil society world wide.  DRL sometimes focuses its work in international locations with egregious human rights violations, the place democracy and human rights advocates are beneath stress and the place governments are undemocratic or in transition.

Additional background data on DRL and its efforts will be discovered on https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-democracy-human-rights-and-labor/.

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor – www.state.gov

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